How to understand the Asia-Pacific, win friends and influence people

‘How to Understand the Asia-Pacific, Win Friends and Influence People’ challenges six world experts on six countries in the Asia-Pacific, to equip you with the knowledge to con your friends into thinking you're significantly more on top of world affairs than you really are.

Sit back and let our scholars, policy advisors and policy makers walk you through the what, why and future of key developments taking place in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, PNG and Thailand- each in eight minute talks or less.

Talks will be punctuated by opportunities for QnA, and opportunities for the audience to win prizes from T2. The event will be followed by catering, nibbles and drinks.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSSOR GREGORY FEALY will speak on AUSTRALIA-INDONESIA RELATIONS, DRUGS AND EXECUTION. Greg Fealy heads the Department of Political and Social Change at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, where he has conducted extensive research on Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation and Islamism, and jihadist ideology and strategy. He currently operates as an Indonesia analyst with the Australian government, and has worked as a visiting Professor in Indonesian Politics at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC.

DR NICHOLAS FARRELLY will consider the question: 'DO THAILAND'S COUPS REALLY MATTER?' Nicholas’ research stretches across the Southeast Asian region and focuses on relationships between government control, spatial organisation and political conflict. In addition to his work as a research fellow at the ANU Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, he currently holds an Australian Research Council fellowship, and has co-founded the widely read New Mandala- a website hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific that provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia.

Tomoko Akami, from the ANU Department of Pacific and Asian History, specialises in the history and international relations of Asia and the Pacific during interwar periods. She currently edits History Australia, and is a board member of the Historical Association of Western Japan. She has acted as the Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies, and worked as a Research Associate at the Research Institute of the Asia-Pacific (Waseda University 2005-2010).

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This event is open to the general public.

The event is brought to you by the ANU Asia Pacific Learning Community.
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